Perioral wrinkles are the lines that develop around the mouth as we age. They are usually most noticeable on the upper lip when a person purses their lips. They are often associated with smoking and therefore are sometimes referred to as smokers lines. Taking a drag from a cigarette often makes then more noticeable too, which may also explain why they are called smokers lines. But the reality is that everyone will get these kinds of wrinkles with age and there are other factors apart from smoking that can hasten their appearance.
Smoking Is Not The Only Cause
Let's face it, if you smoke you should really try your best to quit. And if you don't smoke, don't get sucked in to taking it up. It poses so many health risks that you could write a “War and Peace” length book on it (and many people have).
In terms of perioral wrinkles, the skin around the lips is likely to be dried out by constantly being exposed to the smoke. Dehydrated skin is more likely to form wrinkles.
But smoking is not the only cause of wrinkles around the mouth.
The usual suspects are to blame – over exposure to the sun will hasten the lines. As will a poor diet.
Aging will cause perioral wrinkles as the skin around the mouth loses it's natural supply of collagen and elastin. This is partly environmental but also influenced by a persons genetics. Some people will get perioral wrinkles before others, all things being even. It's just the way the cookie crumbles as they say.
So What Can You Do About It ?
Well ditch the ciggies is a given.
As is being more circumspect in the sun. Don't spend too much time in the sun and cover up when you are out for long periods. A hat, sunscreen and moisturizer can all help.
Heck you could even wear a false mustache or beard to cover up the sensitive skin around the mouth but that would be silly wouldn't it ?
Well, maybe not.
You may have noticed that women seem more susceptible to these kinds of lines than men. It has often been attributed to the fact that the structure of male skin around this area is different. For men, thick hair is likely to grow around the mouth, giving the skin more structural integrity. Also, there is thought to be more sebaceous glands around this area for men keeping the skin naturally hydrated and in better condition than women.
So in fact, it is true the having a beard is better for preventing perioral wrinkles.
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Other than that, you should try to hydrate your lips and skin around the mouth often. Once in the morning and once at night is a minimum. Carry a lip balm around with you and touch up the lips whenever they feel a bit dry is a better plan.
What Happens If You Already Have the Lines ?
If you already have lines then you often have to resort to cosmetic treatment to lessen the appearance of the lines.
You should see a dermatologist or someone that is qualified to administer such treatments before you do anything but here is a few techniques that are used to treat perioral wrinkles.
You could have a dermal filler like Juvederm injected in the skin above the lips and below the nose, where the lines are the worst. I believe Juvederm is a popular filler at the moment. There are other fillers available that plump up the skin under the wrinkles and give it a more youthful look.
Some people have botox injected around the lines too. I would say this is less effective than a filler.
You could also try laser resurfacing – a fine laser is passed over the area where the wrinkles are located. It takes off a fine top layer of skin which allows healthier skin to grow naturally. It is relatively pain free given that you are peeling a layer of skin off and takes about a week to make a full recovery.
Apart from making wrinkles look finer, people that administer this treatment claim that it could also encourage natural collagen to form.
Image : False Mustache